After three months devoted mainly to transcribing the flow of 170 rap songs for my dissertation, May has offered a change of pace, full of performance projects. For the first two weeks of the month I collaborated with l'Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal on Hockey Noir, a new opera with music by Andre Ristic, libretto by Cecil Castellucci, and graphics by Kimberlyn Porter. This work combines contemporary music, graphic-novel style video projection, and elements of film noir. We performed it twice in Montreal at le Monument National, and repeated the production twice in Toronto at the Jane Mallett Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
Following this, I got right back into it with Architek Percussion. Fresh off the launch of our debut album, The Privacy of Domestic Life (released April 24th on Centrediscs), we recommenced work with Collectif9 on our joint project "My Backyard, Somewhere". The preimere of this show, featuring work by Eliot Britton, Nicole Lizée, Bret Higgins, Derek Charke, and Luna Pearl Woolf, occurs on June 9 at Usine C in Montreal.
Finally, Architek is happy to announce our upcoming collaboration with percussionists from Sixtrum (Montreal), TorQ (Toronto), EP4 (Quebec City), and others, on a brand new outdoor show called "Rhythmopolis", which will be held in Montreal in early September. This spectacle promises to be over the top, and is definitely one of the most audacious projects we've partnered on to date. Don't miss it!
All three of these projects were made possible with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts' New Chapters funding program.